Baker County School Board, District 5

Published On: Aug 02 2012 09:37:12 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 06 2012 01:41:14 PM EDT

Two candidates are running in the Aug. 14 primary for the District 5 seat on the Baker County School Board.

This is a non-partition election, so the candidate with the most votes in the Aug. 14 primary will win the office for the next four years.

Andy Johnston

AGE:  43

FAMILY:  Married with a child in our schools and one studying to be a teacher in our schools

OCCUPATION:  Badcock Furniture owner

EDUCATION:  B.S. finance, Florida State University

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  None other than the child and grandchild of elected officials

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "A businessman versus a retired teacher
  2. "Our reading, math, and graduation rates lagging behind the other First Coast School systems
  3. "A twenty year incumbent striving to maintain her position when we are ranked 51 out of 67 districts. Our 3 schools have graded out C or worse 28 times, while only managing 11 times to be graded a B or higher in the last 13 years."


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  Facebook.com/elect.a.johnston

Patricia Weeks

AGE:  66

FAMILY:  Married to Dr. George Weeks for 45 years; 3 children: Alicia (Phil) Schell, Chris and Victoria Weeks; grandchildren: Anna Belle and Anacapri Schell.

OCCUPATION:  Retired teacher and director in both public and private education

EDUCATION:  1963 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School; 1972 honors graduate of the University of Florida; post-graduate work in reading and early childhood education

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  20 years continuous service as Baker County School Board member

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "Providing a learning environment that is safe and encourages individual excellence and achievement. Our parents send the best they have to offer into our schools every morning. They deserve to know that in return we will take care of and instruct their child to the best of our ability. I believe in our children and the positive impact education has in their lives. At all times my decisions are based on their best interests.
  2. "Providing teachers and educational leaders the professional development needed to give them the tools and strategies to make exceptional learning opportunities available in every classroom. As we move to the Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015 this will become ever more crucial. I continue to support evolving technology that tailors instruction to the needs of each child.
  3. "Providing funds at a time when public education is being asked to do more and more with fewer and fewer resources. We remain frugal and dedicated to careful budgeting. I am proud of our district that all employees, union and non-union alike, work together to stretch our budget and supplement our revenues by seeking local, state, and federal grants whenever possible. I have returned $115,000 of my school board salary through payroll deductions to the Baker County Educational Foundation. They in turn use their money to sponsor student and employee scholarships, as well as teacher, school and district mini-grants."


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: ReelectWeeks.com